It seems there is always a constant flow of households announcing the exciting news of new life in Israel. As I type this, I too am bringing forth new life to my husband’s home. All praises! Bringing healthy children into the world brings such peace to our homes, which is why the content of this post is so near and dear to Homes of Shalom.
In our Nation, pregnancy is everything but modern, and it is often difficult to find providers, resources, and information to support our birthing journey. I recall how stressful it has been in this pregnancy and my first, to find practitioners who respect the health decisions of our family. In each of my pregnancies, I spent a significant amount of time researching providers, procedural alternatives, etc. I also had help from a handful of sisters who guided me to potential resources to assist in my journey. Through this process, I’ve been fortunate in piecing together an experience that reflects my cultural values. I hope to pay that forward by organizing and consolidating this information and more, into a comprehensive resource for the Nation’s use.
The proposed resource details Israelite friendly Healthcare Providers in three areas including, (1) Vaccine Friendly Pediatricians, (2) Midwives, and (3) Doulas. We’ve already compiled data limited to the Washington, DC Metropolitan area, and a few other locations. We hope families all over contribute what they know to help compile a robust and confidential resource with greater coverage. If you have information to contribute, please fill out the appropriate form(s) below.
If you are interested in receiving these confidential resources, please sign-up here. We will contact you to assess your needs and help where we can, Lord willing.
The following outlines the criteria for each category and accompanying forms to submit contributions.
Vaccine Friendly Pediatricians – these pediatricians honor the informed consent process and will allow informed parents to decide for themselves whether or not to get a vaccine for their children. Please share any pediatricians you are aware of that fit this description.
Israelite Friendly Midwives – This list of midwives MUST have specifically serviced Israelite families with a positive experience/outcome. Though this list includes midwives of all backgrounds, the goal is to compile as many Israelite practitioners as possible. Numerous online sources state that so-called minority patients benefit from having so-called minority doctors. Please share any providers you are aware of that fit this description.
Israelite Friendly Doulas – This list of doulas MUST have specifically serviced Israelite families with a positive experience/outcome. Though this list includes doulas of all backgrounds, the goal is to compile as many Israelite practitioners as possible. Numerous online sources state that so-called minority patients benefit from having so-called minority providers. Please share any providers you are aware of that fit this description.